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The Conversant Critic: Cereal’s not just for breakfast anymore

Going out to eat normally includes a hearty appetite, an overloaded menu and a wad of cash, but Bowl-n-Spoon on South Peoria brings a simpler kind of restaurant to Tulsa with one main menu item: cereal.

Jamie Horton and her husband came up with the idea after she and her daughter visited a Kansas coffee shop serving cereal. The idea appealed to Horton, and she felt she needed to bring something similar to Tulsa.

“I felt like there needed to be a place…that was simple in the food, where you were there to be able to say I just want a bowl of cereal and just kind of call it good,” said owner Jamie Horton.

Bowl-n-Spoon Cereal Bar is an up-and-coming reality of Horton’s vision. Any visitor cannot miss the fun colors of orange, green and blue adorning the bar.  Retro décor lines the back walls and a large, drive-in-theater-type screen plays classic cartoons such as Looney Toons and Betty Boop. A selection of various cereals is carefully placed at the front of the cash register for easy viewing and selecting. Mix up to three cereals in a regular bowl for $3.25, or a large bowl for $4.95. Choose from popular brands such as Frosted Flakes, Fruit Loops, Cocoa Puffs, Apple Jacks, and more. Toppings are also available for just 50 cents per topping. Try one of Bowl-n-Spoon’s four concoctions for a more adventurous experience. The “S’more the Merrier” is a chocolaty choice of Golden Grahams, marshmallows, chocolate syrup and chocolate milk. This concoction is a unique change from regular cereal but can get too sweet after about five bites.

Cereal isn’t the only thing served here at Bowl-n-Spoon. The hearty menu offers many more tasty breakfast foods including waffles, bagels, toast and Pop-Tarts.

Do not leave Bowl-n-Spoon without trying the bacon. Perfectly cooked slices of pork come in bundles of four or eight, are sprinkled with brown sugar and served with a side of maple syrup. The sugar and maple syrup take bacon to whole new level of deliciousness. For those who want to skip breakfast and go instead for lunch, the restaurant has a small menu choice of paninis. Try the Ham, Mozzarella and Pear Panini. The hot panini’s mozzarella melts in your mouth while the fresh slices of ham and pear come together to make a solid sandwich.

Cereal, bacon, coffee and desserts at an affordable price combined with a spacious, laid back atmosphere makes Bowl-n-Spoon a paradise for any college student and the perfect place for any study date.

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